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14 April 2024

The Mane Event 5k run at Belfast Zoo

There will be the exciting drum of a herd of runners making their way through the zoo on Sunday 14 April 2024.

22 November 2023 - 24 May 2024

The William Brown Conservation Award 2024

Belfast Zoo is delighted to partner with charity Friends of the Zoo in creating The William Brown Award.

29 February 2024

Celebrate Mother's Day with our mums go free offer

On Mother's Day, bring your special women to the zoo for an adventure they won't forget.

Conservation and history


History of the zoo

Learn about our history, when we opened, and recent developments.

The role of a modern zoo

Zoos were first created as private collections, or menageries but their aims and objectives have changed greatly.

Breeding programmes

Good zoos are more than simply a place to see animals. We play a vital role in the conservation of species at risk.

Supported conservation projects

More species are facing extinction than ever before. We have a responsibility to ensure their survival.

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